The Sutter County General Services Department is actively pursuing security enhancements at three of the four boat ramps it operates.
General Services Director Megan Greve said the plan is to install security fencing, on-line or credit card payments, and a gate lock system to reduce vandalism and thefts at boat ramps at Boyd's Pump and the Yuba City Boat Dock on the Feather River, and at Tisdale Weir on the Sacramento River.
Improvements are expected to be in place this fall, Greve said.
In the interim, Greve said, boaters will not be required to pay the daily use fee. The County is removing the cash boxes used to collect boat ramp use fees because the boxes have been destroyed a multitude of times and money from the boat fees stolen. The enhancements will allow for the safe and secure collection of fees that are to be used to provide annual maintenance of the docks. Over the past two years, the revenue collected has been reduced by over $10,000 due to theft and vandalism.
"These security enhancements are what many boaters have been asking Sutter County to provide," Greve said. "We'll provide a more secure parking lot while boaters are out on the water."
No changes are planned at Live Oak Park boat ramp, where there is a park attendant on duty.